Bethany believes faith is a lifelong learning experience. Sharing our faith journey with others helps us to grow deeper in our own faith. Children and youth join us in worship for our Children’s message then are dismissed to attend classes with their teachers. Our Sunday School curriculum includes crafts, games, video clips and more to help our children realize how God loves them. Our Director of Children’s Ministries continues to offer compassionate support and creative programming while our children, youth, and families shelter at home during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Committed to “Safe Church” best practices, Bethany’s people are committed to providing a “safe space” where tweens and teens feel at home: a place where they are protected from judgement and simply loved as we are taught God loves them. Our middle-school and high school youth are an integral part of our faith community, learning and serving in a variety of ways, and through occasional activities.
Bethany also offers a year-long Confirmation Class for Senior High youth. There were 10 confirmands in 2019 and there are 7 more in 2020. Our recently appointed Youth Ministry Team is currently working on Bethany’s youth ministry goals for the 2020-21 church year. Stay tuned! More to come!
Adult Growth Opportunities
The Bethany congregation includes a wide range of people from various backgrounds, people who love to study the Bible, read fiction and non-fiction, discuss and debate, reflect and pray. Our Interim Pastor has offered studies on the Bible’s last book, The Revelation to John, and Rachel Held Evans’ thought-provoking book: Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Our Tuesday afternoon book group is currently reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Talking to Strangers.
Our Interim Pastor believes that preaching is an ongoing conversation for pastor and people, not just one-way communication. He encourages Bethany’s people to read them and reflect on them, explore and debate them. Rev. Greer’s sermons are published every week in hard copy and PDF format, inviting people to explore his endnotes with links to articles and books cited.
Bethany has offered the Little Footsteps Preschool as part of its community outreach ministry for 10 years. Our Preschool is a setting that compassionately embraces Christian values. The staff at Little Footsteps creates a positive and loving place for children ages 2.9 up to Kindergarten. They develop a love for learning beyond just the ABC’s. Our teachers encourage character development, teamwork, and independence through creative lessons and activities.
Our Pastor, program and support staff are here to empower and equip the “saints” for the work of the ministry. They are here to support and uphold the vision we create together as God’s people seeking to respond to the fresh winds of the Spirit among us. Call on them.
All pastors serving Bethany are vetted and authorized for ministry through the United Church of Christ (UCC), meeting the personal, educational, and professional standards for ordination required by the denomination. They must pass extensive criminal background checks and maintain state-of-the-art training for personal and professional boundaries. In the practice of their ministry, they are accountable at all times to the standards of the UCC’s Manual on Ministry (https://www.ucc.org/ministers_manual).
Among our many service opportunities you can be involved preparing and serving dinners at the Food and Friends Kitchen and our Second Saturday Dinners where anyone can have a place at the table.